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Sport 4 stats proving why Jimmie Johnson will be tough to beat at Texas

03:16  06 april  2018
03:16  06 april  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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By just about every standard, Jimmie Johnson's start to the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series has been underwhelming.

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The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion didn't make it a third of the way through the season-opening Daytona 500 before wrecking - although it wasn't his fault - he hasn't led a single lap through the first six races and his only finish in single digits was ninth a few weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway. Needless to say, he's winless and 17th in the driver standings.

But he's always a good bet to win at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) - where NASCAR is racing this weekend - even though his odds are 15/1 while Kevin Harvick is the favorite at 9/4, according to VegasInsider as of Thursday afternoon.

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The Cup Series' O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 is Sunday (2 p.m. ET, FS1), and whether you're placing bets with Vegas, playing fantasy NASCAR or just trying to win a friendly wager, Johnson and his No. 48 Chevrolet team know how to win at Texas.

Not convinced? Here are four stats to remind you just how absurdly dominant Johnson is at this 1.5-mile oval in a sport where experience is key.

1. The GOAT of Texas

Jimmie Johnson holding a sign: Johnson after winning in 2017. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)© USA TODAY Johnson after winning in 2017. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Johnson has the most trips to Victory Lane at the Texas track, and it's not even kind of close. Winning the spring race last season gave Johnson a total of seven Cup Series career victories at TMS - the most among active and retired drivers. The next-best driver is Carl Edwards with four wins, but he's not racing anymore.

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Among active drivers, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch each have two wins, while a handful of others have one apiece. If the No. 48 team doesn't win this weekend, the earliest Hamlin or Busch could simply tie Johnson's record is at the spring race of 2020 - and they'd have to win the next five consecutive races at Texas, which is wildly unlikely.

2. Top-10 finishes

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Pairing well with his all-time wins record, he's also at the top of the top-10 finishes list with 21. What does that mean exactly? Over the course of his 16 full-time Cup Series seasons, he's competed in 29 races and is in the top 10 more than 72 percent of the time.

For what it's worth, he also has the most top 5s with 15, so he's a seriously strong contender even when he doesn't have the lead. But on that note…

3. He's led SO many laps

Johnson is so dominant at this race track that he's also the only driver to break 1,000 laps led, which is important if stage wins are a factor in fantasy or gambling. He's at the top with 1,041 while the next closest active driver is Busch with 748. However, Busch could pass Johnson in this category if he leads at least 293 laps Sunday.

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4. Strong qualifier

Yes, Johnson leads a lot of categories, but here's one more. He has the best average starting position, and that can be a tricky comparison because other drivers who have run fewer races at TMS could skew this a little. But with an average starting spot of 9.4, Johnson is the only active driver with a sub-10 average.

Even though he only has one pole win to his name, he's a strong qualifier, and that can only help his chance of winning.

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